Cilantro lime vinaigrette is a fragrant and tangy dressing that’s great on a salad but also makes a delicious sauce and marinade.
A restaurant that my friends like to visit, makes the most delicious cilantro lime vinaigrette. It’s rich and silky, and reminds me a little of a pesto sauce. So I thought I’d give it a try and attempt to create a similar yummy dressing.
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe
I love the beautiful green color of the final product.
These are the ingredients I thought I could taste in the original. I only used one clove of garlic, but I’m sure that the original has more.
The end result was not exactly the same. Mine is a little more tart and less rich than the original. However, it was really delicious, and I love the way it looked and tasted on this fresh red spinach salad.
Perhaps less lime juice or zest would do the trick.
Either way I’m happy with this recipe, and next time I may try tweaking it a bit but that’s the fun of a vinaigrette. You can work with different ratios of oil and acids, along with many different add ins, to make a tasty homemade dressing any day of the week.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup cilantro leaves tightly packed
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic
- Wash and dry cilantro and remove leaves from stems.
- Place garlic, cilantro leaves and cheese in a food processor and chop
- Add lime juice and zest and process.
- While the processor is on slowly add olive oil through the top.
- Serve or refrigerate for up to one month.
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